Rockford business fair tackles sluggish growth among minority-owned companies

ROCKFORD — Nearly 200 local business leaders gathered Thursday at Klehm Arboretum to share new approaches to bolstering the region’s lagging growth among small and minority-owned companies.

Going beyond the typical lectures or workshops, the Illinois Comptroller’s Office organized a series of casual networking lunches across the state to promote business resources available to minority groups, women and veterans.

Einar Forsman of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce — which organized the Klehm meetup with the Rockford 521 Initiative and the Salsa Business Network — said the enthusiastic crowd showed the ongoing need to reach all corners of the local business community.

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